Friday, March 7, 2014
If you just started listening to Rap Music when you began watching BET six months ago, there are some things you should know. There were some legendary Rap radio shows that will remain noteworthy forever, among them are "Mr. Magics' Rap Attack", "Pete Rock and Marly Marl In Control", "Rap This" with P- Fine, "P-5" with Jeff Foss, "DNA And Hank Love", "The World Famous Supreme Team" and "The Awesome 2" just to name a few. These shows played an endless number of Rap records that are no longer being heard or talked about.
Although vintage Rap radio and classic Rap records go hand-in-hand there are an almost infinite amount of underground classics that go unheard. When DJs play "so-called" Old School Rap, they seem to play the same handful of records, Special Ed "I Got It Made", Eric B And Rakim "Eric B For President", Doug E. Fresh And Slick Rick "The Show" etc. While all of these are great records, 80's and 90's Rap is so much bigger than one crate of really great records.
In Tru Skool Corner we aim to focus on more obscure records that have largely been forgotten about. Old heads will be able to reminisce on days long gone, and new heads will have a chance to learn about the records that laid the ground work for the very music they listen to now. while some of these records may sound dated, there is a lesson to learn in each one.
This week our focus is on Izzy Ice And DJ Majesty. The New York duo released an independent classic called "Soulman" in 1988 on Scottfree Records. Production credits on "Soulman" goes Hitman Howie Tee, who also produced tracks for Special Ed and The Real Roxanne years earlier. Howies' cousin and feature artist, Chubb Rock got production credits on "Soulman" as well. Anyone living in the New York area in 1988, could hear "Soulman" in heavy rotation on Marley Marl and Pete Rocks' "In Control" radio show on New Yorks' WBLS.
"Soulman" sampled a song of the same title written by Isaac Hayes and recorded by Sam And Dave in 1967. The Izzy Ice version was so popular it caught the attention of Jive Records, and was re-released on Jive a year later in 1989. On the Jive version, the vocals were re-recorded. Although it sounds more polished, the Scottfree version has a more authentic feel.
When the vinyl was released on Jive it said Isidore AKA Izzy Ice, the Scottfree version said Izzy Ice And Dj Majesty. There was never an explanation as to why that was. The Jive release also excluded Chubb Rocks' name from the credits.
Izzy Ice and DJ Majesty reappeared years later as The King And I and signed a deal with Rowdy Records in 1992. They released their first full length album in 1993 called "Contemporary Jeep Music". DJ Majesty got involved with R&B production in the late 90's and did some work SWV in 1998.
By John Coston
So much to talk about...So little time. I was on the verge of ending my blog because I felt like I didn't really need it anymore. Over the past few months, I thought I was living well, hanging out with friends, messing with a few ladies, copping gear, basically living the fake-out good life. But recently, I had a moment when I did an overall evaluation of myself. I took a deep look in the mirror and I didn't like what I saw. Now on the outside, not much had changed. I was still shockingly handsome and that million dollar smile still shined like a diamond (I cant keep a straight face typing that foolishness!). But I didn't feel right. There were bags under my eyes from lack of sleep. I had a headache from all of the nonsense I had been eating and just felt heavier than I had in a while (luckily I haven't gained any weight back.)
After my torture session in the mirror, I performed an evaluation of my finances and grades. I've saved up some money but not as much as I set out to. Plus my grades weren't where they were supposed to be. Now I am not even close to hitting rock bottom. But lately, I haven't been as productive as I usually am. I could make up plenty of excuses, such as working full time and going to school full time, lack of sleep, dog eating my homework, depression over Peyton Manning getting intercepted over and over again, DiCaprio not winning an Osc....you catch my drift.
In actuality, I thought I had earned the right to party and drink and fornicate a little because of all of the work that I had been putting in. I thought I could take a little time off from the serious life and live a little. One of my boys told me it's okay to be ignorant sometimes and I took heed. But then I also thought about something that one of my homegirls told me. She said that God puts people and situations into your life. While I'm not the most deeply religious person, I do believe that certain people and situations enter your life to help you grow as a person. I feel like the people that I have most recently met and hung with have been placed in my life to show me that I can't get the past back. The women, liquor, and overall foolery is a thing of the past.
While hanging out until all hours of the night was cool as a young buck, I have to remember that I am a grown ass man (*Beats Chest) and I don't have the time nor the energy to be galavanting across town doing nothing positive. I would rather sleep and get ready for a workout than hang out and eat sh%t. I've missed out on a lot of study time and goal-setting trying to be the man on these streets. I think I'm going back to just being a hermit during the week, concentrating on my studies and, if everything is accomplished, maybe hit the town for a hot second. Either way, I feel like I needed to take a few steps backward to get on track.
So, to everyone's joy and amazement, the blog lives on. Yay!!! I definitely WILL be posting more blogs because I have a few more stories to tell that I know you folks will find interesting, silly, and just straight up ridiculous. To be honest, this blog is like therapy for me. It allows me to get the craziness stuck in my head out of it and pass it on to you. Ha!!! Blog done!!
And every other blog, website that supports me!!!!!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Who Killed The Mayor? On February 25th, activist, Pan-Africanist and Mayor of Jackson Mississippi ,Chokwe Lumumba died of alleged heart failure. Hinds county supervisor Kenny Stokes now believes that Lumumba was assassinated. He wants an autopsy conducted to rule out the possibility of foul play. The Coroners office refuses to do an autopsy as if Mississippi has something to hide.
The legendary Lumumba was adamant about self determination for African Americans. He moved to Mississippi years ago to gain the political trust of the people. Many assume the Mayor may have been killed because of the efforts he madein the liberation of African people.
Florida Judge Wants To Give Marissa Alexander 60 Years: Marissa Alexander was convicted on three charges of aggravated assault in 2012 for firing warning shots at Rico Gray- her estranged, abusive husband. No one was injured in the incedent, however, she was unjustly sentenced to twenty years in prison. Many believe her conviction was racially motivated.
Her attorneys argued that she was entitled the right of self defense after her husband physically assaulted her and threatened to kill her. The controversial Stand Your Ground law was used by George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn in the murders they committed. Alexander, a black woman, was defending herself against her husband, but Stand Your Ground was not accepted in her case. It seems Stand Your Ground is being applied in a racist manner. There is obviously a disparity in the way justice is being administered.
Florida State Attorney Angela Corey will seek to triple Marissa Alexander’s original prison sentence from twenty to sixty years, effectively a life sentence for the 33-year-old woman, when her case is retried this July .
Corey seems to be sending the message that "Negros" need to stay in their place. Alexander exercised her right to self defense- a person can not be penalized for exercising their constitutional rights.
Michael Dunn Appeals: Michael Dunn was convicted of attempted murder in the shooting death of Jordan Davis- in the "loud music" case in Florida. Dunn is currently appealing the conviction and awaiting sentencing. However, he doesn't want to be sentenced until then appeal profess is over.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The already well established Visual Caffeine is back! Off The Corner is proud present this monthly program that has become something of an instant classic. It presents the fascinating history of Hip-Hop culture, as well a peek inside the world of the present day underground Hip-Hop circuit.
This month we continue our travel through the culture of Hip Hop with the FLOOR ROYALTY CREW. They are a group of b-boys from NYC. Not only are they dope dancers-they are active in their community.
For those of you who are worried that the culture of Hip Hop is being forgotten and replaced by corporate rap-crap-these young men aren't gonna let that happen.
Thank you to the Atlantic Terminal Community Center in Brooklyn for hosting us!
1. Black Grass Music-"Black Bascomb"
2. Dynamic Corvettes-"Funky Music is the Thing pt.2"
3. Yellow Sunshine-"Yellow Sunshine"
4 Samba Soul-"Mambo #5"
5. Incredible Bongo Band-"Bongo Rock"
6. Average White Band-"Pick Up the Pieces"
7. Dennis Coffey-"Ride Sally Ride"
8. Jimmy Castor Bunch-"It's Just Begun"
9. Babe Ruth-"The Mexican"
10. Booker T & The MG's-"Melting Pot"